OK I’ve put this in Apologetics for a reason. First we need to all be informed about the topic so here is some news from today-
The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said adoption agencies will close if they cannot opt out of new gay rights laws.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has written to Cabinet ministers saying church teaching prevented its agencies placing children with homosexuals.
Forcing people to act against their consciences would mean discrimination on the grounds of belief, he added. No 10 said Tony Blair had not decided whether to exempt Catholic agencies.
Now, on the back of a radio news report today, I heard a young (obviously gay) lady explaining that if we replaced the word “gay” with the word “black” or “Homosexual” the this kind of descrimination (being demonstrated by our Catholic Church) would not be allowed.
As tends to be the case, teh Cardinal is misrepresented, or at least no mention has been made of this section of his communication to the Prime Minister:
The Catholic Church utterly condemns all forms of unjust discrimination, violence, harassment or abuse directed against people who are homosexual. Indeed the Church teaches that they must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. We, therefore, recognise many elements of recent legislation – including much in the Northern Ireland Regulations – that takes steps to ensure that no such discrimination takes place.
You can read the whole letter here.
I think my question really revolves around this ladies remarks. Is Catholic policy discriminatory? I mean it seems reasonable to say it is. We could say that people who are not suitable to adopt should not be allowed, but when the state refuses to accept descrimination against homosexuals what right have we got to retain descrimination? How does the Catholic position differ from that of the slave traders? From people who think that people of different colour have less rights? In short, how can we look at this problem in a sensitive, Christ- like way?